734 Tasting Notes

90

Just an OK black tea. Nothing special about the flavor. Tastes about the same as PG Tips. I made this as a builder’s tea, with 1% dairy milk. Maybe I need to experiment more with trying it plain and perhaps decreasing steep time and water temp a little. The packaging recommends 4 minutes at 208 degrees Fahrenheit.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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72
drank Night Time by Pukka
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The ingredients list on this one is so smart! Oat flower, licorice root, chamomile, lavender, lime (linden) flower, Valerian root, green Rama tulsi. One of the nicest-tasting and most effective bedtime blends I’ve ever tried (and I have tried many!). It’s slightly sweet without being cloying and has a nice, bready mouthfeel. Doesn’t taste like candied soggy hay, which many chamomile- and- licorice- based herbal blends run the risk of, IMHO. I didn’t get much of the lavender or Valerian, which is OK with me, as those can be overpowering too if not balanced correctly.
I was already pretty tired when I drank this, but I was out like a light within 15 minutes of finishing this cup. Pretty good for a bagged grocery store tea!

Flavors: Apple, Floral, Oats, Sweet, Tulsi

Shae

I have this one but have been afraid to try it since I really didn’t like my last Pukka blend. Might have to have a cup!

teaqueen

It’s pretty inoffensive! More at risk of being boring than icky, in my opinion.

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drank Fortune Cookie by driftwood tea
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Notes of amaretto, vanilla, cherry. Coconut leaves a slight oil film on the top of the liquor.
Base is likely a ceylon— a good quality one.
Very smooth and well-balanced. Nice dessert tea, good with a splash of milk and a little white cane sugar.

Flavors: Almond, Cherry, Sweet, Tea, Vanilla

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

Another item in my Sips By box for this month. I really like this one. It’s similar to yerba maté, but less smokey. This blend has a bread-y mouthfeel and notes of toast, raisins, and wood. Really nice as a breakfast tea. I also appreciate that it’s grown, processed, and packaged in the U.S.
I followed the instructions on the bag and only used 1 tsp of leaf, but I think next time I will make it a little stronger.

Flavors: Bread, Honey, Raisins, Toast, Wood

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Cacao Tea by Micacao
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Got this in this month’s Sips By box. I’ve never tried a pure cacao tea before. The dry mix smells heavenly, like fresh baked brownies. Steeps up an orangey-brown color. The longer you let this steep, the better for the flavor— you can’t really oversteep it. You also have to let the water cool down quite a bit to get the full flavor. Tastes very earthy and chocolatey, just like you’d expect. Manages to taste just like chocolate without being sweet, which I appreciate, as I don’t like sweet teas. It’s pretty good!

Flavors: Cacao, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Nutty

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
gmathis

Is it just cacao nibs? I have a small jar that I have used as additives, but never tried steeping them entirely on their own.

teaqueen

It’s cacao nibs and cacao shells!

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40
drank Dandelion Turmeric by Teeccino
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Didn’t care for this one at all. It tasted like hot sweet spice water. I barely tasted the base.
This one and the Red Chai blend were my least favorites in the whole sampler pack.

Flavors: Spices, Sweet

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75
drank Dandelion Coconut by Teeccino
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In this sampler pack, this one was fair-to-middling. It’s good if you like coconut, and the coconut flavor works well with the roasted dandelion and chicory base, because toasted coconut is a thing. Not as good as the Caramel Nut and Dark Roast blends, and not something I’d be in the mood for every day… but again, as with the Mocha Mint blend, I’m not unhappy that I got to try it.

Flavors: Coconut, Dandelion, Nutty, Roasted

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60
drank Dandelion Red Chai by Teeccino
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Meh.
Tastes like a standard rooibos chai. Nothing special. Drinkable, certainly, but not really memorable. Kind of reminds me of the Oregon Chai Rooibos blend.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Dates, Ginger, Nutty, Rooibos, Spicy, Sweet

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100
drank Dandelion Dark Roast by Teeccino
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Absolute perfection for anyone looking to reduce or eliminate coffee from their diet! Will definitely be purchasing a whole box of this flavor. The experience is a lot like having coffee. It smells like freshly-brewed drip coffee and has a similar mouthfeel. Has the roasted bean-y bite that you want in a cup of black coffee, but no caffeine and no acidity. I personally did not add any milk or sweetener to it, but you totally could if you want to and the brew would hold up to it like coffee.

Flavors: Coffee, Dark Bittersweet, Nutty, Roasted, Toasty

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100

Easily my favorite from the dandelion blend sampler pack I got. Just so, so, so good. The sweetness/ burnt sugar notes from the caramel complements the burnt, roasted note from the dandelion root, and the extra nutty flavoring enhances everything as well. Smells heavenly and feels like having a second cup of coffee, but without the caffeine or the acid.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Coffee, Dandelion, Nutty, Roasted, Roasted Nuts, Sweet, Toasty

gmathis

You’re talking up the dandelions so much I may have to search some of this out!

teaqueen

Haha! I’ve been looking for caffeine free coffee alternatives to help manage my sleep and stress levels during quarantine. Teeccino is a pretty solid company to look into! Lots of great flavors. And they sell their products on Amazon with Prime shipping, so they’re convenient and safe.

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Favorite tea types: Black, pu’erh, oolong, kombucha, genmaicha, floral greens, matcha, yaupon, mate, rooibos, and honeybush.

Favorite flavor notes: Roasted, fermented, earthy, floral, nutty, bread-y, umami; dessert-inspired flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and maple.

Picky about, but not opposed to: chai, spice/ spicy, fruit flavors, and herbal tisanes.

Flat-out dislike: White tea, most unflavored green teas, hibiscus, plain peppermint.

90-100: Perfection and heaven and magic, all in one cup.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.

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